It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
Heidi Tunnell Catering Company's menu of freshly baked breads, pastries, bagels, and more tickles the nostrils of passers-by. The locally sourced bakery garners seasonal ingredients from nearby farmers to concoct every menu item from scratch. Enjoy freshly seasoned, pillowy morsels by noshing on the pesto and roasted onion danish ($3.25) or the hand-stuffed ham and cheese pretzel ($3.75). Scrumptious breads such as the cheddar-onion rye, chocolate-cherry sourdough, and blue-cheese focaccia warm bellies and hearts, and the cinnamon roll ($2.50), dried-cherry scone ($2), and coconut cookie ($1.50) ensure visitors don’t have to sleep on a cotton-candy mattress to sate sugary cravings.
Named for the famed expedition that trekked across the continent in search of the country's tastiest arugula, Lewis & Clark Catering celebrates the culinary landscape of the Pacific Northwest with locally sourced feasts of succulent seafood, sustainable meats, and fresh veggies, each created in-house by gourmet-minded chefs. The company's ample banquet space provisions patrons with seating for over 200 guests, with a full service bar, dance floor, patio, two separate dining areas, and picturesque views overlooking the Willamette River. On Fridays, the caterers open their doors to individual diners for a seasonal four-course meal, bolstered by live music and wine pairings chosen for their complementary bouquets and the past entrée experience listed on their resumes.
The neon lights, wooden tabletops, and televisions of Quackers Sports Bar and Grill create a fond and familiar scene for many West Eugene locals. The bar has been a popular neighborhood joint for nearly a decade, drawing crowds with pints of cold beer, hearty sandwiches, and daily specials. Bartenders bustle beneath towering shelves of fine spirits, stirring up mixed drinks and passing out plates of chicken wings from the kitchen. Meanwhile, guests compete in games of billiards or linger over drinks on the outdoor patio. Bar-goers can croon out their favorite song or car-insurance jingle during karaoke every Wednesday, while ladies strut their best dance moves and fist-pumps on Saturday night, when a DJ spins tracks just for them.
In the early morning, when many sandwich joints are still shuttered tight, Big Town Hero's bakers are hard at work. Hand-crafting each loaf of bread in-store every morning, they lay the foundation for the day's delicious sandwiches. Out of the oven and sliced in two, the bready canvasses support towering piles of delicious deli meat and fresh veggies, sourced locally whenever possible. A selection of veggie heroes delights vegetarians while gluten-free rolls offer sandwich options for those with dietary restrictions or those who've taken a binding kindergarten oath never to eat anything that starts with "glu."
For a quarter of a century, the staff of Judy's Catering has provisioned weddings, banquets, birthdays, and picnics with homecooked staples of American cuisine. The entrees run the gamut from elegant dinners of stuffed salmon and beef burgundy to simple, satisfying box lunches of pastrami-on-rye. Wedding guests can avoid obligatory small-talk by stuffing their mouths with specially-arranged vegetarian, low-carb, and diabetic menu options, while small plates of smoked salmon, mini-quiche, and cheese platters whet appetites for an onslaught of entrees.